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Top Christmas markets in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 16:56 24 November 2017

St Albans Christmas Market will be back for another year (photo: Richard Gillin, Flickr, http://bit.ly/2y0AaVq)

St Albans Christmas Market will be back for another year (photo: Richard Gillin, Flickr, http://bit.ly/2y0AaVq)

Richard Gillin

Christmas isn’t complete without a trip to a festive fair. From German-style food stalls to vintage fetes, Hertfordshire’s Christmas markets have it all

1. St Albans Christmas Market

Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December

Nearly 50 wooden chalets will be lined up in the historical cathedral quarter in St Albans this year for the fifth annual Christmas market. Expect stalls overflowing with gifts, clothes, decorations and plenty of festive food. Every hour during the market’s opening hours, carol singers will augment the yuletide atmosphere with Christmassy songs.

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2. Tring Together Christmas Festival

Friday 24th November, 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Tring’s historic High Street will be transformed into a Christmas market as thousands arrive for the biggest event in the town’s calendar. Businesses will stay open for late night shopping and street stalls will offer gifts, food and cocktails. Head to Victoria Hall for Father Christmas and a rare appearance by Mrs Christmas. There will be live music in Dolphin Square and a fun fair too. The town’s churches will also be open for visitors. Free entry

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3. Harpenden Christmas Carnival and Farmers Market

Saturday 26th November

The Harpenden Farmer’s Market will be filled with festive delights for the November instalment, coinciding with the Christmas Carnival. Expect the carnival procession, stalls piled with gifts, food and crafts, fairground rides and much more. The town’s lights will be turned on by the mayor at 5pm.

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4. Redbourn Christmas Market

Sunday 3rd December

Last year was the biggest so far for the Redbourn Christmas Market, with over 100 sellers offering gifts, toys, jewellery, books, food and drink and everything in between. There will also be lots of entertainment including choirs singing carols and the Yule raffle as well as tempting food stalls and a very special visit from Father Christmas, whose grotto you can visit on the high street. Keep an eye on the website for a full list of events.

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5. Knebworth Christmas Fair

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November

Taking place at the magnificent Knebworth House is the Knebworth Christmas Fair. There will be over 200 stalls in the grounds, marquees and barns of the stately house selling a plethora of gifts alongside lots of food and drink stalls to keep you energised as you search for that special present. Kids will love the reindeer that will accompany Santa Claus in his grotto. Tickets are £5 and includes a visit to the grotto for kids.

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6. Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre

Saturday 2nd December

The streets of this market town will be bustling with festivities again for the Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre. There will be Christmas songs performed by local bands and choirs as a festive backdrop to the fayre. Expect homemade decorations, food hampers and more. You can even pick up your Christmas tree!

7. Hoddesdon Loves Christmas

Saturday 25th November, 10am to 6pm

Plenty of gift ideas, arts and crafts, stocking fillers and decorations at this fair in Hoddesdon High Street. With more than 60 independent traders you’re bound to find something to fit the bill. Local choirs and the Enfield Brass Band will provide the soundtrack, while a Father Christmas parade takes place before the Christmas tree light switch on and a fireworks display. There’s Santa’s grotto, fairground rides, and face painting for the children while you indulge in a hot chocolate, mulled wine or perhaps a visit to the prosecco bar. Free entry (small charge for activities)

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8. Harpenden Circle Gift & Craft Fair

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November, 9.30am to 4pm

Organised and run by Harpenden Circle, the Harpenden Circle Christmas Gift Fair will return to the Public Halls with over 50 stalls to peruse. Local artists and craftspeople will be showcasing a wide range of high quality gifts and products to the sound of carols. The fair will be in aid of two charities: Mind in Mid Herts and the Carer Support Team at Watford Hospital.

9. Hertford Christmas Gala

Friday 24th November

Hertford Christmas Gala is back again and will feature market stalls, a stage of entertainment, live reindeer, rides for the kids, a Santa’s grotto and lots more. The town’s illuminations will also be turned on to coincide with the Gala that is sure to attract lots of eager Christmas shoppers.

10. Lee Valley White Water Centre Christmas Market

Saturday 25th November to Sunday 24th December

Wander around the pretty Bavarian-style boulevard of chalets as the Olympic water park in Cheshunt is transformed into a wintery wonderland complete with an ice rink capable of holding 140 skaters, a traditional fun fair and Santa’s grotto. Find gifts and decorations at a range of arts and crafts stalls. Food stalls will be offering bratwurst, waffles, hot chocolate and mulled wine and there’s a beer tent too to get you in the festive spirit. Free entry (charges for Santa and skating)

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11. Ware Dickensian Evening

Friday 1st December, 6pm to 10pm

Ware’s town centre roads close for this Victorian-themed event, which last year attracted 10,000 people. There will be late night shopping with in-store festivities, costumed stall and shopkeepers, craft markets around the town, a fun fair, and plenty of enticing goodies at the produce and food market in Priory Hall. Live music will be performed throughout the evening. Free entry

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